So here we go.....
First off, there's vicious rumors of ST shows coming up quickly...including a show in Los Angeles. What can you tell us about these, when, where, what's the deal?
MMST: Yes, we are confirmed to play a few shows. We had hoped to confirm them all together, but we were asked by the promoter to hold off. It's not a problem with the show, but politics of who's sponsoring it and how the promotion works, etc.
I can say, yes we will be playing in L.A. and it will be around October time and it should be quite the event. We also plan on filming this show and releasing it as a Dvd.
Will this be the first show?
MMST: No, we actually will be playing a festival in Colombia Oct. 15th for a festival called Rock Al Parque. It's a free three day festival put on by the government.
Alfonso from Fernandes guitars and Esteban are both native Colombians and have been to this festival many times and have great things to say about it. There will be between 80,000 to over 100,000 people there and ST has the honor of headlining one of the days. This should be a great way to jump back into the action.
What happens after the L.A. show?
MMST: We hope to have Paul Northfield come out to record the L.A. show and then stay and finish up the new ST cd. Then at the end of November we got two festival dates in Brasil. That's the plan for now.
Any other shows after that?
MMST: We have quite a few shows that we would like to make up, that we were planning before the back surgery. Right now we and of course I plan on being smart with how we go about doing things so that we'll always be able to be a part of what we like, and be healthy and happy to boot, lol.
But at this time, these are the only shows planned for this year.
So what's up for next year?
MMST: Basically there are a lot of places we still have never been to, places we love to go to, and places we haven't been to in a long time and need to get back to. A lot of this of course revolves around a new cd and a new cd revolves around the ability to tour. So without rambling any further, If all goes well, we plan to have a new cd and be back touring the U.S. and the World next year.
So the back's good?
MMST:The back is really good. I've had to make some changes, and figure out different ways to work out,etc., but it's finally great day to day. The challenge is of course shows and touring. There's no exercises for the way I tour.
People that haven't seen me for a bit and I tell them I had back surgery can't believe it. That's good, but after going thru all that with the surgery, etc, I don't wanna do that again. And if I would have just stopped like I was told to on that tour, I wouldn't have had to have surgery...but you're in a position where you're headlining a tour and you don't wanna let the people behind the tour down or the people going to the shows. The irony is, if we cancelled there would be the stupid people that started rumors saying nothing was wrong, the " I heard they quit cause..."bla bla bla," you know the people, you know the story...
Anyhow, what was is, and we learn and move on and take the knowledge and use it properly, control what we can, prepare for what we can't...and enjoy the ride while it lasts, till we move on to the next adventure, ha ha.
So how's everyone else?
MMST:I think they're all pretty excited, but we've all learned from this situation. I think when we start practicing for the shows and working back in the STudio again, it'll sink in a bit more...but, yes everyone sounds ready and excited yet they've all been very understanding which I totally appreciate.